The birth of Burnley Football Club

Thursday, May 18 – 1882
The Burnley Rovers Football Club. – A special meeting of this club was held on Thursday evening, at the Bull Hotel, when there was a moderate attendance. The meeting was presided over by Mr. A. Birley. – The secretary, Mr. G.C. Waddington, read the report showing that the club although so young now consisted of 90 members. – Mr. A. Baron submitted the balance sheet, which showed that the income for the past season was £48 12s. 4d., and the expenditure £56 12s. 7d., leaving a balance due to the treasurer of £8 0s. 3d. He thought they had done very well considering the damage they had sustained in consequence of the unpropitious season. The tent had been blown down as well as the bridge washed away, ad this had incurred an expenditure of £15 10s. Had not the bridge been swept away the balance-sheet would have presented a different aspect. The report and balance-sheet were adopted unanimously. – Mr. Bradshaw moved that the recommendation of the committee that the club in future play under association rules be adopted. – Mr. Barratt seconded the motion which was carried. – The following officers were appointed: – Mr. C.J. Massey, president; Messrs. J.G. Broxup Mookman, J.H. Whittaker, and A. Greenwood vice presidents; Mr. Baron, treasurer; Mr. Waddington, secretary; Messrs. H. Bradshaw, J.W. Harling, T. Midgeley, A. Birley, W. Brown, C.J. Hargreaves, W. Haweridge, J. Stansfield, and Mr. A. Sutcliffe, committee. – A cordial vote of thanks were passed to the secretary and treasurer for their past services. A familiar compliment was also paid to Mr. Sutcliffe for the use of his rooms for meeting purposes, and the meeting closed with the passing of a vote of thanks to the chairman.
(Burnley Express, 20-05-1882)

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